More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

Apr. 19th, 2019 02:54 am
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New Chapter of Beloved by [personal profile] spikes_heart.

Banners reminder from [community profile] seasonal_spuffy.

It's More Complicated Than That, a post about " Joss using supernatural things as a metaphor for real world problems and issues, in BtVS and AtS, is that he never actually provides a road map for the actual problem". Thanks to [personal profile] itsnotmymind for the link.

"Getting paid for every jar"

Apr. 18th, 2019 10:26 pm
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Today I got blood drawn to verify my immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella.

If you're in or near an area with an active measles outbreak, or if you happen to be seeing your doctor for some other reason, I encourage you to get your immunity checked, especially if you're too young to have had measles and too old to have gotten a second dose of the vaccine when that recommendation was added in 1989. For all the talk of unvaccinated kids, it's non-immune adults who can do the most harm, because they're the most mobile. The guy who started the Michigan outbreak assumed he was immune; then he infected 40 people. So please get checked out, and get your MMR if you need it, and do your part for herd immunity to counteract those who won't or can't.

My pediatrician was on the ball and I got an MMR in 1991. I'm almost certainly immune. But we live on the edge of one of the neighborhoods that's had reported cases*, and we frequently shop in that neighborhood, and Kit plays on the local playground with kids from that neighborhood... so we're all getting blood tests just in case.

* I've been thinking about how easy it is for this to turn into "I don't want my child to play with those dirty children from that segregated community" and the like. I have been reading some Orthodox Jewish news sites—all of which are pro-vax, bless them—and one published an op-ed that bluntly said, "Letting your kids get measles instead of getting them vaccinated plays right into 'dirty Jew' stereotypes and harms the whole community." So I am being conscious with my wording, and glad that that discussion is happening within Orthodox communities, and keeping my very non-Orthodox self the hell out of it.

Kit's pediatrician says the dose Kit got at 12 months will protect them until they turn four and get the second dose, and there's no need to give it early (which he does do for children traveling to epidemic areas). But he's keeping an eye out for reports of measles on our end of the neighborhood, and giving babies their first doses as early as it's safe to do.

I hate this. I hate every part of this. I hate how easily anti-vaxers prey on vulnerable people. I hate that this is still, still, based on fear of autism (and don't get me started on autism and Jewishness, because whoo boy there's a lot to talk about there). I just want everyone to be safe and healthy, especially the little babies who get no say in any of this.

PEDTM: Day 18

Apr. 18th, 2019 10:19 pm
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Well, this was a long and hard day. We had a call with a consultant in Florida at 8am, which went well but I had to be a lot sharper than I like to be at that time. I had everything ready to go so when we hung up I jumped in the car and headed to Mother's.

Actually, first I went to Costco for gas but for some reason the pump couldn't read my Costco card and I couldn't find an attendant. With the gas warning light flickering I headed to the next gas station and then, tank full, finally to Mother's.

She was grumpy and said she hadn't slept well. I helped her dress and made her bed, then hung up her clean clothes. My sister called and we chatted, and then Mother and I went into the garden before it got too warm. She dozed in her chair most of the time, which -- looking back -- I should have taken more seriously.

Webster came and we took her out to lunch, something she normally loves. She ate some of her soup and drank all of her g&t, and then we headed back. When I pulled up in front of her place so Webster could help her into her wheelchair and I could park, she said, "Wait! I'm not sure I can drive home." Things went downhill from there. I got her to her room, but she was so confused. We talked for a long time and I hugged her, and we both cried. She's losing her words but she explained that her memory doesn't work and she can't think as well. Both of these things are true but goddammit, why does she have to be aware of them? What do I say? I told her the truth, that it's really scary and I'm scared. She asked me about all kinds of things -- for example, she told me she had two sons. I think she was remembering her younger brothers (both long since dead), but who knows. Who knows anything.

Finally came home, though I stopped at the nurse's station and told them that I'd never seen her this confused. Webster and I have decided that we fucked up and when she tells us she's tired, to really listen to her and not assume she means just tired. Losing her words is one part of the problem, but the social worker and geriatrician told us that dementia patients lose the ability to identify what's wrong -- are they in pain? Thirsty? So who knows what "tired" meant to her today.

I ran to the gym and worked out on the treadmill because I felt I needed to burn off some energy, took a quick shower, and then headed back to the assisted living facility for a dinner that's held every other month for the family of residents. It's a time for the administration and staff to let us know about any changes or things happening, and for us to ask questions. Toward the end of the evening, the manager asked me if I had anything and big tears rolled down my face as I said, "My mother's failing." Oh my gosh, I was embarrassed. The social worker gave me a big hug, and after the meeting the admission person was crying and hugged me, then the lead nurse . . . It felt good to have all these people concerned about Mother and me, but also embarrassing. But what the heck. My poor mama. The wonderful thing is they all really like her: she is so stylish, even in her dementia, with lovely clothes and she still puts on her face every morning. I tell her she is an inspiration.

My sister called wanting to know how the meeting went and Webster and I told her, so then she cried, too. We were never a crying family but I guess age changes everything.

And now I'm going to brush my teeth and go to bed and listen to Georgia and Karen. They always cheer me up.
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Here's your discussion post for Discovery 2x14: "Such Sweet Sorrow," pt. 2!

As always, please be aware that there will be spoilers in the comments. Enjoy!

Is there a TV Trope for this?

Apr. 18th, 2019 06:26 pm
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Why is it so common for so many series (TV shows, books, movies) to have a strong opening installment and then put their most dismal one as the second one? Whether it's merely bland and boring, or actively offputting in some specific way, I can think of so many that do this.

I expect some of it is narrative drop from the usually higher-budget and more action-filled opening installment, and some of it is the writers wanting to try something a little more daring after a crowd-pleasing opener. BUT STILL. Maybe you might want to wait a little while before dropping the book in which everyone dies gruesomely of yellow fever (Ben January) or the episode in which your only female character is sold into sex slavery (SG-1) or the episode that is every 80s mental hospital cliche ever (Iron Fist) or just the most comparatively generic and boring episode in the entire season (White Collar and so many others).

(This post brought to you by me getting so bored with the second episode of the show I'm watching as background-arting-TV on Hulu that I went and found an episode guide and skipped ahead to the next one that looked interesting. So far it's a lot better.)
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When I check the records for our back yard weather station, I see that the barometer has been heading steadily downward since about 8:30 this morning. This may account for at least some portion of today's increasingly vile mood on my part.
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Today’s Goblin Emperor headcanon revelation: Beshelar can’t wink.


But as both of them glanced away from a radiant laugh of Maia’s that set off a blush of Csethiro’s, their gazes crossed, and Beshelar raised his eyebrows and gave Csevet a very uncharacteristic wink. So uncharacteristic, in fact, that Csevet noticed with great amusement that the man couldn’t actually wink properly, so it wound up just being a lopsided blink. For some reason that made it even more endearing.


(I looked it up to see if that’s common and found a hilarious Reddit thread about things some people just can’t do. Turns out a lot of people can’t wink. Listen, I can’t read a clock, so I’m not judging you adult non-winkers.)

(I had written this scene a day or two ago and had Beshelar successfully wink, but today was writing another scene and considering if he should wink and it struck me that he absolutely cannot and it is adorable, so I went back and edited the above scene and was amazed at how well it works like this.)
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Dept. of Fandom Stocking

Apr. 18th, 2019 07:07 pm
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Well, This Was A Bit Embarrassing ....

When I was having fun with 
[community profile] fandom_stocking  this year (or actually, last year), I decided to give one person, who'd indicated an interest in historical recipes, some that were excerpted from two recipe books I happen to own. Because it was for Fandom Stocking, I decided - without looking at AO3's terms of service, more fool I - that I could put it on Archive of Our Own, because the effort was for a fannish event. 

The nice folks over at AO3 let me know today that it was a violation of their terms of service, and that I had a week to take it down. I'm embarrassed, because they're quite right (Section H clearly states that recipes are a no-no), and sad that I now have a formal warning on my AO3 account. Hopefully, that will eventually be taken out. 

So I've put the recipes here, and will let the person for who I posted them know that they can access them here or on LJ. And perhaps other folks can enjoy the recipes as well. And I've learned something out of the whole thing, so there's that.

Anyhow - enjoy!

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Foodstuffs under here. )

Quick question for wheelchair users

Apr. 18th, 2019 05:42 pm
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This is for something I'm writing. The character uses a manual wheelchair. She's visiting an office and is impressed by how accessible it is, unlike pretty much the entire rest of the world. What features can it have that she'd notice?

It's a New York security agency which she's visiting as a client, but she can also notice ways in which it's accessible for anyone who works there as well. None of the current employees are physically disabled, so she'd be seeing the potential rather than noticing someone else navigating it in a wheelchair.

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Apr. 18th, 2019 08:29 pm
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Gesture boyfriends!

[ SECRET POST #4486 ]

Apr. 18th, 2019 06:55 pm
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⌈ Secret Post #4486 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.


More! )


Secrets Left to Post: 01 pages, 08 secrets from Secret Submission Post #642.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.

Katekyo Hitman Reborn! - night

Apr. 19th, 2019 12:43 am
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Title: night
Fandom: Katekyo Hitman Reborn!
Rating: G
Notes: M.M./Chrome


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